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Working from home - The Yahoo debate

The web is buzzing with talk of Marissa Mayer and Yahoo's decision to stop the common practice of working from home. Those who are voicing their opinions on the topic are (for the most part) convinced that this decision will hinder productivity, kill employee moral, and alienate the potential future workforce. I think there are extremely important points that are not being addressed.

  1. Yahoo is in trouble, they need a concerted effort to do a total overhaul of their company. This is a "The shit hit the fan" scenario and in my world that always means all hands on deck. Ideas need to be bouncing around the room and filtered, tested, modified, and finalized faster than one can type.Read full article...


Increase Your Salary by Writing - Grow your Personal Network, Get Recognized, Be Ready for Future Promotions

Pen and Paper ImageImproving one's writing skills is an important aspect of career development in the field of Information Technology. Gaining recognition for knowledge in your field as well as the ability to effectively communicate to a wide range of other parties will set you apart from your peers.

I was introduced to the idea of climbing the corporate ladder through writing while at Intel. One common theme among the rising stars and seasoned pro's was participation in creating white papers, documentation and training materials that would further the organization as a whole.Read full article...


Effective Questioning Skills for IT Staff

It takes more than technical knowledge to be able to provide the best solution available for any given situation. Having a clear understanding of the requirements is crucial to meeting them and foreseeing future needs others may have overlooked. These requirements aren’t always clearly stated however. This is where effective questioning benefits Information Technology.

Simply put, you should be able to explain why this solution is the best avenue and what the benefit/cost is using the facts gained from your questions.Read full article...


IT isn't a science, IT's an art

A question I came across today has been on my mind all day. The user was MSCE certified and actively looking for a job with no success. Feeling that the inexperience he had with the 3rd party software used at the companies he was applying to was holding him back and no courses in schools to learn them he felt like it may be time to change his career path to something like programming. The first advice given to him was to take courses in VMware or SQL without any questions asked about what 3rd party software, what his actually skills were or anything else.Read full article...


Getting the most out of your Internship

Bored StudentIt is amazing all the different reasons college and even high school students take internships. Some paid, while others do it for free. This post is focused on personal growth and sanity, career development and other specific goals interns may have is not the intention though following some of the ideas to a successful internship will certainly bring an increase in career development as well as personal growth.Read full article...


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